Professional Development

We expect that our surgical residents in our standard 5 + 2 track to spend a well-planned two year period pursuing new knowledge and developing of new techniques that advance the field of surgery and patient care.  The knowledge and skill sets obtained during Professional Development time should different surgical residents from the 1200 other outstanding graduate of surgery every year.

This mission has been achieved, and will continue to be a reality, in an environment in which outstanding surgical faculty have the opportunity to work in concert with highly motivated women and men who share this vision.  This faculty-resident relationship represents the best features of mentoring and assures the educational process necessary to achieve the lofty goals of both the mentor and the trainee. We strive to make our trainees better, and they certainly make us better.


  • -Stanford Surgery ranks 10th in NIH funding
  • -Professional Development is the norm
  • -2-3 years in PD
  • -expected after PGY2 year


Current Professional Development Residents

Katie Blevins, MD PhD

Katie is working with The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship at Stanford. The Biodesign Innovation Fellows learn a proven, project-based approach to identify important health needs, develop innovative diagnostics, devices, or other health technologies to address them, and prepare to bring those products into patient care through start-up, corporate, or other implementation channels.



Jared Forrester, MD

Jared is working with Lifebox Foundation, a charity organization focused on improving surgical safety, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMIC) through programs around the safe surgery checklist. Lifebox has been focused on delivering pulse oximetry and anesthesia training, delivering over 11,000 in over 100 countries.  Over the next year, Jared will be on site in Jimma, Ethiopia to help improve peri-operative processes central to infection prevention.

Funding: through Lifebox Foundation and the Dept of Surgery at Stanford

Jeff Jopling, MD

Jeff is working with a multidisciplinary team on a mixed-methods study on positive deviance in ICU performance. He is also working with the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford to develop video-based activity recognition of critical clinical tasks in the ICU and the OR. 


Funding: CERC, a spectrum NIH NIH UL1 TR001085 grant, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Kimberly Kopecky, MD

Kimberly is completing a clinical Palliative Care Fellowship and obtaining a masters in Clinical Investigation at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  She hopes to influence how surgeons communicate and align with the perioperative expectations of patients and their families. 

Clement Marshall, MD

Clem is working in the Michael Longaker lab on several projects involving abdominal adhesions, the causes of fibrosis in skin wounds, and the effect of macrophages on healing. 


Funding: American College of Surgeons; Stanford Transplant and Tissue Engineering Center of Excellence; Stanford Child Health Research Institute.

Graeme Rosenberg, MD

Graeme will be working with the Acute Care Surgery Research Group during his Professional Development time.  He plans to focus on patient- and family-reported outcomes in the trauma and acute care populations.  He aims to find innovative systems-level approaches to improve the quality of care delivery for surgical patients.  

Funding: He is funded by the Department of General Surgery.  

Adam Sang, MD

Adam is the Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow for 2015-2017. He is working with Dr. Carlos Esquivel and Dr. Olivia Martinez from the Departments of Abdominal Transplantation and Transplant Immunology to study molecular inhibitors of signaling pathways underlying post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder.

Tiffany Sinclair, MD

Tiffany is working with various faculty from the Stanford Pediatric Surgery department on both clinical and translational research projects. Her mentors include Drs. Karl Sylvester, Claudia Mueller, Matias Bruzoni, Stephanie Chao, and James Wall. Her focus is on metabolic profiling of acquired diseases in premature infants.

Funding: Tiffany's research is funded by the Stanford Child Health Research Institute. 

Peter Than, MD

Peter's research focuses on tissue engineering replacement organs. One of his major aims has been to develop strategies to vascularize large, complex, metabolically active constructs. This work has been done in Dr. Geoffrey Gurtner's laboratory here at Stanford and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, American College of Surgeons, and Stanford/Lucile Packard Transplant and Tissue Engineering Center of Excellence. 

Funding: Transplant and Tissue Engineering Center of Excellence